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‘Mob eviction’ in Alexandra leaves family terrified after husband ‘hit with axe’

By | Eviction news, Evictions
Gibson Mzizi, Melissa Mzizi's husband, was attacked with an ax by a mob who forcefully evicted the family in Alexandra.

Gibson Mzizi, Melissa Mzizi’s husband, was attacked with an axe by a mob who forcefully evicted the family in Alexandra. (Chris Yelland)

An Alexandra resident, Melissa Mzizi, says the police are doing little to help her get her family’s RDP house back after a group of 40 people allegedly attacked her husband and occupied their home.

On Saturday, the group reportedly attacked the family in an attempt to kick them out of the home. Mzizi’s husband was taken to hospital after he was hit in the head with an axe.

Alexandra police have since arrested five people. The rest remain in the house.

Reprinted from News 24. By Azarrah Karrim 2019-09-23

If you have been wrongfully evicted or are experiencing harassment in your home, contact us for help. Simon Dippenaar & Associates Inc. (aka SDLAW) is a law firm in Cape Town, now offering services in Johannesburg and Durban. We are expert eviction attorneys with deep experience in rental property and eviction law, and we uphold the rights of both parties without bias. Contact Simon on 086 099 5146 or email sdippenaar@sdlaw.co.za to discuss your case in confidence.

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Khayelitsha land occupiers to square off with City in court

By | Eviction news, Eviction notice, Eviction orders, Evictions

The group occupying land in Makhaza plan to oppose their eviction in court on 9 September

Photo of rebuilt shacks
Residents from Mpukwini informal settlement in Khayelitsha have begun rebuilding homes demolished by the anti-land invasion unit two weeks ago. The residents plan to oppose their eviction in court next month. Photo: Vincent Lali

Shack dwellers at Mpukwini informal settlement in Khayelitsha are preparing to square off with the municipality in court next month. They want the eviction order against them scrapped and the City of Cape Town to build them houses on the land.

About two weeks ago, the City’s anti-land invasion unit and law enforcement members demolished shacks belonging to residents who occupied the land in Makhaza. Residents at the time protested as their building materials were confiscated by officials.

Since then, many residents have rebuilt their homes on the land. The City has an urgent interim eviction order against anyone illegally occupying the land, but the occupiers are raising money for transport to collect some of their building materials from the City’s depot.

Mayco Member for Human Settlements Malusi Booi said that the City was “considering its options” on how to deal with the occupiers. Booi added that if the occupiers wanted to challenge their eviction, they needed to “show cause, if any” as to why the final order should not be granted on 9 September.

But community leader Bandile Kona said they were there to stay. “We don’t want to go anywhere else. We will stay here until the City of Cape Town builds RDP houses for us here.”

He said they were not concerned with the lack of basic services. “I had no other option but to rebuild because I had no place to stay and keep my belongings,” he said.

Samela Mene moved to Mpukwini from Island informal settlement, after her shack flooded during heavy rains. She said life was better at Mpukwini because it was closer to public transport and a crèche for her child.

Mene shares her small shack with her elderly mother and her children aged seven and three. “I’m waiting for the court to make a ruling on our occupation before I extend my shack so it can accommodate my whole family,” she said.

Another resident, Lelethu Mvumvu, whose shack was among those demolished, now squats in a shack with two relatives and their four children at Mpukwini. “I still struggle to raise the R500 that I must pay to law enforcement to get my building materials back,” she said.

On Saturday, an official who only identified himself as Gautanu from the Anti-Land Invasion Unit visited the settlement to warn resident against building more shacks.

“If you build more shacks, your belongings and building materials will be taken away to the scrap yard,” he told residents in the presence of GroundUp. “Whenever there is a new structure, we will take it away along with the furniture. The judge told you not to build more shacks,” he said.

Reprinted from GroundUp with thanks.

*Simon Dippenaar & Associates, Inc. is a law firm in Cape Town, now operating in Gauteng and Durban, of specialised eviction attorneys, helping both landlords and tenants with the eviction process. Contact one of our eviction lawyers on +27 (0) 86 099 5146 or info@sdlaw.co.za if you have been evicted unlawfully.

Further reading:

Police Accused of Doing Nothing

Unlawful Evictions

Durban Evictions

The Sheriff in Town

Shack Evictions

POLICE ACCUSED OF DOING NOTHING TO STOP ORANGE GROVE EVICTIONS

By | Eviction news, Homeless

A group of residents went on the rampage on Sunday, unlawfully evicting foreign nationals, accusing them of illegally occupying the houses and of dealing in drugs.

The Orange Grove property where foreign nationals were unlawfully evicted by locals who accused them of illegally occupying homes and of dealing in drugs. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

The Orange Grove property where foreign nationals were unlawfully evicted by locals who accused them of illegally occupying homes and of dealing in drugs. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

Thando Kubheka

JOHANNESBURG – Some foreign nationals in Orange Grove in Johannesburg have accused the police of just looking on while locals illegally invaded their homes and vandalised their belongings.

A group of residents went on the rampage on Sunday, unlawfully evicting foreign nationals, accusing them of illegally occupying the houses and of dealing in drugs.

At least 20 coffins were discovered at one of the properties and were dragged to the streets, along with the furniture.

About 12 people were arrested last week in the same area for public violence.

One man said that he’s lost hope in the police.

“How can I trust the police? I’m tired of the police… they didn’t do anything. It was like they were watching TV.”

Meanwhile, the police’s Kay Makhubele has denied the allegations, claiming that the group that illegally evicted the foreign nationals fled when officers arrived on the scene.

“No, it’s not true. Last week they were doing the same thing and we arrested 12 [people]. This week, when we arrived there was no one around.”

WATCH: Illegal invasions leave Orange Grove residents in fear

Source: EWN (emphasis by SDLAW*)

SDLAW is a Cape Town law firm of specialised eviction lawyers now operating in Gauteng and Durban. Contact us on +27 (0) 86 099 5146 or sdippenaar@sdlaw.co.za for help with eviction, landlord or tenant legal related issues.